It was our last storytime of the winter session this week, so I wanted to tell our semester long story (The Princess and the Pea) one more time. To really go with it, I decided to do a vegetable storytime this week, featuring stories about veggies, because even though The Princess and the Pea isn’t really about the pea, the pea is still in it (it works, okay!). 

I started with the book Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson. This is a funny story about sharing, and learning what is really important. Also it features carrots!


Next we sang “In My Garden” by Raffi. Before starting the song, I demonstrated the motions we would do for each gardening action (digging, hoeing, planting, growing, picking, and eating), so we had actions to go along with the song. It wasn’t a bad song, but it wasn’t one of the most fun things we’ve done this semester.

We read Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks after the song. This is a really fun rhyming book about everything that monsters eat besides broccoli and other green vegetables. With the lovely refrain of “Fum Fie Foe Fee Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli” how can you go wrong?


Next we did the rhyme “Pea Soup,” that I found on What Happens In Storytime… and turned into a prop rhyme. My coworker made these adorable little peas in pods for the rhyme “Five Green Peas,” and I wanted to use them, but also didn’t really want to do that rhyme. “Pea Soup” was a little more fun (in my opinion), and still allowed me to use the peas in pods.


The rhyme goes like this:

One little pea jumped into the pot,

And waited for the soup to get hot.

Two little peas jumped into the pot,

And waited for the soup to get hot.

Three little peas jumped into the pot,

And waited for the soup to get hot.

Four little peas jumped into the pot,

And waited for the soup to get hot.

Five little peas jumped into the pot,

And waited for the soup to get hot.

Finally the soup got so very hot,

All the little peas jumped out of the pot!

I removed the number of peas from a pod for each number that we counted, and put them into a soup pot. I swirled the peas around in the pot each time we waited for the soup to get hot, and when it finally did get hot and the peas jumped out, I threw all the peas out of the pot and into the crowd of kiddos. They were wonderful about helping to pick up the peas and return them to the pot.


Finally we finished with the version of The Princess and the Pea. It was wonderfully convenient that La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya just won the Pura Belpre award for its illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal, so it seemed like the perfect choice. This version is really cute and funny, but it was a little bit of a struggle deciding which of the Spanish words needed to be translated for the kiddos and which ones did not.


Our craft for this week was Popcorn on the Cob, an idea I got from Pinterest. I cut out the cob and husks out of construction paper ahead of time, and the kids just glued them together, and then glued them onto a craft stick. I put out plates full of popcorn and plates with glue in them, and the kiddos could dip the popcorn into the glue and then stick it to their corn cob. It was a fun craft, but it was completed very fast by everyone. Also, I of course had kiddos who wanted to eat the popcorn, and since I had made plenty I told them they could eat the popcorn as long as it was okay with their caregiver and it hadn’t gotten any glue on it.


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